YWCA and NAACP Bring Community Together for Annual Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism Breakfast, Sept. 21, 2017
Kelsy Beshears Scholarship and Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award to be Announced
Sept. 12, 2017 (St. Joseph, MO.): As acts of racism make headlines across the country, the YWCA and the NAACP continue to join the community together for messages of understanding and hope.
On Thursday, Sept. 21, community members are invited to gather at the YWCA at 304 N. 8th St. for a breakfast and a presentation by Dr. Bill Church and Moses Hicks titled “In Their Own Words.”
“It has been a long-held mission of the YWCA to eliminate racism,” said Ellen Kisker, YWCA Prevention Educator. “The Annual Day of Commitment Breakfast is just one way we pull together and put a bright light on this challenge and work toward eliminating racism.”
The breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. and is followed by the presentation of the $1,000 Kelsy Beshears Scholarship and the Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award, presented this year to Joyce Starr. Coleman Elementary and Central High School students will also deliver presentations about racism in America. The Praise Team from Mid-City Excellence will also perform.
“Kelsy Beshears was St. Joseph resident and an early Civil Rights activist,” Kisker said,” and she impacted the lives of so many people. We are honored to present the Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award and the Kelsy Beshears Scholarship to those who exemplify her spirit.”
To attend the event, call (816) 232-4481 for a reservation. Suggested donations are $15 for adults and $10 for students. All proceeds go to the Kelsy Beshears MWSU Scholarship fund. For more information about Joyce Starr, 2017 Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award recipient, go to http://ywcasj.org/wp-content/uploads/About-Joyce-Starr.pdf.
“In Their Own Words” -Dr. Bill Church and Moses Hicks
Presentation of 2017 Kelsy Beshears Scholarship of $1,000
Presentation of 2017 Kelsy Beshears Racial Justice Award to Joyce Starr
Presentations from Coleman Elementary and Central High School.
The Praise Team from Mid-City Excellence will also perform.
Breakfast provided and prepared by Grace Evangelical Church.